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Google to help online shopping purchases from Walmart, Target

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Can Google’s might stand up to Amazon’s shopping power?

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“In the great retail war of our time that pits Amazon against every other major retailer, a new shopping initiative from Google could tip the scales back in favor of big box stores.

On Monday, Google announced a new program called Shopping Actions. Under the initiative, when Google users search with the phrase “Where can I buy [product],” Google will serve product listings from mega-retailers including Walmart, Target, Costco, and more. Customers can either directly buy….”

 
 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/03/19/google-walmart-shopping-vs-amazon/

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IBM is working on worlds smallest computer

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IBM is hard at work on the problem of ubiquitous computing, and its approach, understandably enough, is to make a computer small enough that you might mistake it for a grain of sand. Eventually these omnipresent tiny computers could help authenticate products, track medications, and more. 

Look closely at the image above and you’ll see the device both on that pile of salt, and on the person’s finger. No, not that big one. Look closer:

Look closely at the image above and you’ll see the device both on that pile of salt, and on the person’s finger. No, not that big one. Look closer:

It’s an evolution of IBM’s “crypto anchor” program, which uses a variety of methods to create what amounts to high-tech watermarks for products that verify they’re, for example, from the factory the distributor claims they are, and not counterfeits mixed in with genuine items. […]

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